18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dublin

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder .

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and hike along Mariposa Grove.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect cooler with lows of 3°C in Mammoth Lakes. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego attractions planner .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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